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BRIDGETOWN---The West Indies
squad in India say they no longer want
any part of a Wavell Hinds-led West
Indies Players Association, and has
asked the West Indies Cricket Board
to "urgently" intervene in the impasse.
In a letter to WICB president Dave
Cameron on Friday, the players once
again expressed their lack of faith in
Hinds leadership and reiterated their
desire to return to the terms of the old
Collective Bargaining Agreement/Mem-
orandum of Understanding.
The WICB yesterday confirmed to
CMC Sports it had received the letter.
The players have accused Hinds, the
WIPA president and chief executive,
of mis-leading them as it relates to the
terms of the newly signed CBA/MOU.
In a move that threatens to split the
players union and derail an agreement
Cameron recently described as "his-
toric", the Windies players said they
had "collectively determined" not to
accept any contracts stemming from
the agreement and would also seek new
"The process that has been suppos-
edly undertaken on our behalf is, in
our view, a breach of trust, a clear lack
of transparency and violation of our
rights," the players wrote.
"It would therefore be not only
imprudent, but immoral to consider
such representative action to be in any
way appropriate or right.
"For the record, we wish to reiterate
our position put forward to the WICB
earlier through WIPA, which is, that
we propose the continuation under the
old structure until a new agreement is
reached between the players and WICB.
"Neither the WICB nor the players
would be disadvantaged by such a
mutually agreed arrangement. We
believe this to be a sensible and rea-
sonable option in the interim, while
we negotiate new terms and conditions
that have been properly ventilated."
In an earlier letter last week, the
players had called on Hinds and the
other members of WIPA top brass to
resign, a call rejected by the former
Jamaica and West Indies batsman.
Call for Hinds to go
However, the players reiterated their
call for Hinds to go.
"It is our view, given the circum-
stances of the formulation and finalising
of this agreement, the WIPA Board
needs to do the right thing and resign.
We wish to formerly advise you that
WIPA has no authority to speak on our
behalf," the players wrote.
"We also note that we finally got a
response yesterday (Thursday) from
Mr. Hinds. However, his response leads
us to pose more questions than the
"answers" provided. There were many
inaccuracies in Mr Hinds letter to
which we will provide a detailed
response in due course.
"We will advise you of the person
or persons entrusted with the respon-
sibility to act on our behalf shortly."
The players are upset over what they
have described as a significant reduction
in their income under the new terms
of the CBA/MOU, and threatened to
withdraw their services for last
Wednesday s first One-Day Interna-
tional of the five-match series against
India in Kochi.
They argued they were unaware of
the new terms contained in the agree-
ment and had no input in the nego-
tiations undertaken by WIPA.
Bravo knew about deal
Hinds subsequently hit back, pointing
out that the players representative and
one-day captain Dwayne Bravo was
present at the meeting where the new
agreement was discussed, and had given
With no resolution in sight, the play-
ers have asked Cameron to step in.
"As you are aware, as an act of good
faith and in the spirit of camaraderie
that epitomizes regional cricket, we
conceded to go forward with the 1st
One-Day Match in India with the
expectation that we would resolve the
critical matter of all our contractual
terms," the players said in the letter.
"Our decision to play in India was in
no way intended to convey an acceptance
by the players of the unreasonable terms
and conditions put forward to us by
WICB nor was it intended as an expres-
sion of our acceptance of the purported
new Memorandum of Understanding.
They added: "As you may be aware,
we have demonstrated much restraint
in this matter in trying to get our former
representatives to fix this travesty but
unfortunately this has not occurred. We
are hopeful that, with your intervention,
the matter can be resolved without public
or other recourse." (CMC) (See Page A53)
West Indies limited overs cap-
tain Dwayne Bravo has praised
the former West Indies fast bowl-
ing legend Sir Curtly Ambrose
for his involvement in this current
West Indies team.
Bravo was brought in as a bowl-
ing consultant for the New Zealand
series earlier this year and there
has been a marked increased in
the effectiveness of the regional
team s bowlers.
The lanky Antiguan has been
working with the fast bowlers and
Bravo says he has had an overall
effect on the team. "It is great hav-
ing Curtly around, he is a legend
and he brings that energy to our
dressing room which is great.
"He has worked with the players
as a real professional and you are
seeing results from his involve-
ment. When you have guys like
him, Sir Richie Richardson, Ian
Bishop and Sir Clive Lloyd around
the players, it is a major boost
because they have done great as
"The current players all show
respect to these guys and looked
up to them as role models."
Bravo continued: "Curtly is a
no nonsense man and when he is
around you know that he means
business. We are glad to have him
around and hopeful that he would
be around us for some time, to
Bravo also praised his players
for the work they have put in since
arriving in India. "The guys have
done a lot of work since coming
across here and credit to them.
They are showing that not only
can we compete with the number
one limited overs team, we can
also defeat them.
"They must keep this positive
attitude if they want to do well at
the World Cup in Australia"
The West Indies finishes their
tour of India on November 23 and
then move on to South Africa for
a series there, before finally moving
across to Australia for the World
West Indies batsmen Dwayne
Smith was a crushed man as he
entered the press conference
room of the Feroz Shah Kotla Sta-
dium last night in Delhi.
The Barbadian missed his first
one day international century by
three runs and his team, after being
well poised for victory, collapsed
and lost to the Indians. India bat-
ting first posted 263 for seven off
their 50 overs and West Indies
were well placed at 170 for two,
when a plethora of bad shots on
a pitch that started to play two-
paced led to eight wickets falling
for 45 runs, as they crashed to 215
all out---losing by 48 runs.
Speaking on the loss, which now
sees India levelling the series,
Smith said: "We should have won
the game. It was a situation where
they started bowling very well and
we played bad shots and this
caused the defeat. Smith bettered
his ODI best of 68 but would have
loved to register his maiden ODI
ton: "I have missed it on many
times and it is very frustrating.
Smith faced just 97 balls and
looked as if he was batting on a
different pitch :"I worked hard in
the nets and I have played here
about ten times before, so I know
the conditions. Some of the other
players might not have been able
to deal with the conditions. I have
knowledge of playing in Indian
conditions and I back myself to go
out there and attack the bowlers
and play my natural game and that
is what I did."
The Barbadian continued: "We
needed as batsmen to dig deeper
and we would have won the game,
This is a match that was under
control but as I said they came back
and bowled really well and our shot
making was not up to that."
Meanwhile, Indian captain
Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the
pitch was a difficult one to bat on:
"We batted first because we knew
as the game went on it would be
harder the bat on. When the West
Indies started their reply the ball
was coming on nicely under the
lights and they were able to play
their shots. As the game progressed
the nature of it changed and it
became two-paced and difficult
to bat on.
"Our bowlers also put the ball in
the right places and this helped the
situation for us. It is good to see the
bowlers standing up. Mohammed
Shami again grabbed four wickets
and was superb for us, while I think
that leg-spinner Amit Mishra
changed things for us with his spell."
Mishra got the breakthough when
he sent back Keiron Pollard for 40
and ended with 2/40 off his ten overs.
...say WIPA no longer their agent
WICB president Dave Cameron was
asked to intervene in the WIPA impasse.
Smith crushed with Windies loss
Bravo: Ambrose brings great
energy to the dressing room
West Indian batsman Dwayne
Smith launched two sixes during
the second ODI in Delhi, India
yesterday. SEE PAGE A62
West Indies batting legend Sir Richie Richardson working with the
team as manager and former West Indies fast bowling legend Sir Curtly
Ambrose exchange ideas during a practice session on Friday in India.
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